Art Providence Holiday Show to benefit CityArts

(PROVIDENCE – November 4, 2018) – Pawtucket-based ArtSmart Productions announced today that it will earmark a portion of the ticket proceeds generated by its second annual Art Providence Holiday Show for Providence CityArts for Youth, a non-profit organization providing art-based programs for children age 8-14 in South Providence.

The Art Providence Holiday Show is set for December 8 and 9 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and features nearly 200 artists from New England and beyond selling handmade work across 15 categories, including jewelry, furniture, apparel, ceramics, glass, metal, painting and more. This juried show replaced the annual RISD Alumni Sale in 2017 after a successful 22-year run in the same venue and continues to showcase many RISD graduates.

“We are proud to give back to our community and support Providence CityArts for Youth through this year’s show,” said Laura Burkett, owner and operator of ArtSmart Productions. “CityArts has a long history of introducing kids to the arts and creating opportunities for them to develop and grow through free in-school and after school programs. We are thrilled to partner with such a meaningful and relevant organization.”

In addition to working with local artists and educators, CityArts youth have exceptional opportunities to take field trips to local museums, perform at community gatherings, receive homework help from students attending partner universities, engage in neighborhood service projects, and have their work displayed in galleries throughout Providence.


“We are grateful to ArtSmart Productions and the Art Providence Holiday Show for engaging Providence CityArts for Youth as their Official Charity Partner,” said Christina Alderman, President of the CityArts Board of Directors. “We sincerely appreciate the financial support and welcome the opportunity to share the CityArts mission and story with show attendees.”


As the Art Providence Holiday Show’s Official Charity Partner, CityArts will have a table at the show with more information about its programs and workshops. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to CityArts.

“We hope people will come out and shop the show because the quality of work by the participating artists is just outstanding this year,” enthused Burkett, “But we also believe it’s good to know when you buy a ticket, you are supporting a great cause.”

Tickets are $8.50 per day and available at the show’s main entrance (Halls C & D in the Convention Center). Show hours are Saturday, December 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Cash and all major credit cards accepted.

Children age 12 and under are admitted free to the Art Providence Holiday Show and are encouraged to visit the Kids’ Corner, a free, supervised maker space where children can learn more about printmaking and engage in other artmaking activities led by RISD alumna Emmie Grear and CityArts teaching artists.

“One of the truly powerful things about CityArts is that the instruction and hands-on experiences they provide in their programs are led by real artists who make their own work every day,” notes Burkett. “It’s inspiring to see that commitment to passing on art, craft and design to the next generation.”


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About ArtSmart Productions
Led by Executive Director and Pawtucket-based artisan Laura Burkett of Laura Burkett Designs (, ArtSmart Productions is a creative team of marketing professionals whose passion for showcasing and supporting art, craft and design inspired the Art Providence Holiday Show. With over 50 years of combined experience in business development, marketing, communications, PR, graphic design, video production and creative writing, ArtSmart Productions aims to create new opportunities for artists and artisans to actively sell their work, making it more routinely accessible to the public for purchase and appreciation. To learn more about ArtSmart Productions and the Art Providence Holiday Show, please log on to


About CityArts

Founded in 1992 by Sister Ann Keefe, a St. Michael’s Church nun, Providence CityArts has provided free arts education and training to over 5,000 Providence elementary and middle school youth, most from the ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhoods in South Providence. For more information, please visit  




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